WEEKLY PROPHETIC MESSAGE: Beware of the Michal’s!

David had hit the high of all highs! He was pumped, elated and unashamedly proclaiming his victory in a public display of jubilant celebration!

‘So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.’(2 Samuel 6:15 NLT)

David had every reason to triumphantly praise and thank God for the mighty blessing of having the ark back. The presence of God had come to the City of David and despite wearing only his priestly garment, he was not holding back.

But David was strongly rebuked and criticised by Michal (Saul’s daughter) for dancing before the Lord and she despised him. (See 2 Sam 6:16)

Don’t be surprised when your passionate worship and celebration dance stirs up the Michal’s around you! Those that want to steal your freedom to worship extravagantly will come knocking.

Not everyone will be joining in with you as this next victory breakthrough causes joy and thanksgiving to come bubbling out of you.

But, you just keep your eyes on Him, keep your praise flowing, your victory moves pumping, blow your horn, jump, clap, shout and dance as David did! When the glory hits you, you will dance like never before!

If you live in His presence

1 Kings 9:3-5 (MSG)
And God said to him, “I’ve listened to and received all your prayers, your ever-so-passionate prayers. I’ve sanctified this Temple that you have built: My Name is stamped on it forever; my eyes are on it and my heart in it always. As for you, if you live in my presence as your father David lived, pure in heart and action, living the life I’ve set out for you, attentively obedient to my guidance and judgments, then I’ll back your kingly rule over Israel, make it a sure thing on a solid foundation. The same guarantee I gave David your father I’m giving you: ‘You can count on always having a descendant on Israel’s throne.’

What an amazing promise for King Solomon! And one that is available to us today.

As we live life in God’s presence, guided by Him with a pure heart, He promises to give us victory over the enemy and his plans!

The key is to remain in His presence.
Create an environment that is enticing for the Holy Spirit to hang around. Talk about Him, thank Him and worship Him. God loves this!

Draw near Him. Let His presence be your main pursuit today.

You are qualified

1 Samuel 17:45-47 (NIV)

David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.’

Have you been practicing for a while out in your field, the area you are gifted in and have influence? Are you ready to take down an intimidating giant?

Right as you are about to take territory there it is again! It is tormenting you by questioning your ability, your position and whether you are qualified. “Are you really the right person for the job”?

David was small, ‘little more than a boy’ and wore no physical protection…but he came in the Name of the Lord. And because of this, his enemy despised him.

Are you despised for your work in His name? Don’t be surprised.

Don’t be afraid. You ARE the right person for the job. You ARE the chosen person for your job.

Previous bears and lions that you killed qualified you for this moment. Take it down again. It might look bigger but remember the battle is the Lord’s and He will give that giant into your hands!

Be the one to put your hand up and bring some giants to the ground!

1 Samuel 17:45-50 (MSG)

David answered, “You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day God is handing you over to me. I’m about to kill you, cut off your head, and serve up your body and the bodies of your Philistine buddies to the crows and coyotes.

The whole earth will know that there’s an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you to us on a platter!”

That roused the Philistine, and he started toward David. David took off from the front line, running toward the Philistine. David reached into his pocket for a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine hard in the forehead, embedding the stone deeply. The Philistine crashed, facedown in the dirt. That’s how David beat the Philistine—with a sling and a stone. He hit him and killed him. No sword for David!

David knew the Lords will on this, like the back of his hand. He also had the guts and courage to put it into practice and see it come to pass.

But the most amazing thing is that David makes it very clear before he has even won, just Who is winning this battle for him.

You might think that you are fighting a battle on your own right now and maybe you are. Maybe you haven’t surrendered the fight over to Him.

But if you have allowed Him, then God really is fighting for you, no matter what it looks like.

Your giant is defeated.

Will YOU be the one to put your hand up when no one else will to bring some giants to the ground?

Remember the battle belongs to God and He is handing this giant to you on a platter!

Master your field

1 Samuel 16:7-13 (MSG)

But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”
…Samuel was blunt with Jesse, “God hasn’t chosen any of these.”
Then he asked Jesse, “Is this it? Are there no more sons?”
“Well, yes, there’s the runt. But he’s out tending the sheep.”
Samuel ordered Jesse, “Go get him. We’re not moving from this spot until he’s here.”
Jesse sent for him. He was brought in, the very picture of health— bright-eyed, good-looking.
God said, “Up on your feet! Anoint him! This is the one.”
Samuel took his flask of oil and anointed him, with his brothers standing around watching. The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.

God chose David. He picked him out, anointed him as king and filled him with the Holy Spirit. But what led him to being the right choice in God’s eyes and selected as king?

God looked at his heart. God saw him out in the field tirelessly looking after sheep, which we are all called to do. But his gifting was playing the harp. He might have been a ‘runt’ and the least likely naturally, to be king but he could play!

A servant’s heart will bring you into your anointing and calling. David just focussed on his gift and what he could do and did it well! The rest just followed. He didn’t concern himself with getting favour from his brothers or his father Jesse.

So whether you are gifted in writing, sport, singing, building, business, economics or health you need to do it with all you have. You need to become master in your field like David did, and do it for God with all your might.

It’s just what you learnt in the field

1 Samuel 17:34-37 NLT

But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”

David spent many years training for what was ahead for him. He had fought off lions and bears, even extracting the lambs from their mouths. Nothing was too big for him out in his field. He had a confidence and authority that went way beyond his size and natural abilities.

David also had a dependence on a God that was sure to deliver him every time without fail. So when it comes to his big moment to shine, his experience in his field along with his faith in his God sends the giant crashing down with a single stone.

God has been training you and preparing you in your field right for this moment. While you have been fighting off enemies and practising your skills, you never would have comprehended how this has equipped you for a time such as this. Your faith has been stretched but your confidence steadily growing.

The field or area you have been developing in is simply the lead up to a great victory that awaits you.

This is the big one. So gather together everything He has taught you in your training time and accurately fire your stone at the forehead of the big fella.

Housing the presence of God

1 Kings 8:18 NIV

‘But the Lord said to my father David, “You did well to have it in your heart to build a temple for my Name.”’

Solomon is highlighting here what God had said to his father David. God was commending David for a heart that was eager to build a temple for Him. You see, David longed to house the presence of God in his life so much that he went about doing whatever he could to fulfil this desire. Although he was forbidden to build the temple, God allowed him to set up a tent that would house the Ark of His presence.

Imagine if God said these same words to us. That He was pleased with us because of our ruthless and passionate desire for His presence and making it our number one focus.

Well this is exactly what we can do through our worship and our prayers if our heart longs for Him. We create a tent within us that houses the very presence of the living God through the Holy Spirit by consistently living in a place of praise and communicating with Him.

This is precisely what David’s tabernacle was. It was simply a place of constant worship and prayer that he and his appointed priests and worshippers could enter into at any time and meet with the powerful presence of God. This was a prophetic picture of what we can experience today. God is challenging us to enter into it and live there on a daily basis.

‘“After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things”– things known from long ago.’ Acts 15:16-18 (NIV)

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